Laura Dee is an IonE Associate Fellow and an Assistant Professor of Conservation Science in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. Laura’s research falls at the interface of ecology and economics, addressing climatic, ecological and socioeconomic drivers of ecosystem services and their sustainable management. A main objective of her research is to inform resource and land management strategies for the sustainable provision of ecosystem services that will be robust to climate change and uncertainty. Her interests span multiple spatial scales and ecosystem types (e.g., forests, grasslands, coastal and marine ecosystems), and she uses a mix of empirical and mathematical modeling approaches. For example, Laura uses econometric techniques and bio-economic models to examine impacts and adaptation strategies for fisheries to climate change, variability, and extremes. Her Ph.D. research focused on the impacts of temperature variability and biodiversity on global fisheries yields and the extent to which managing for ecosystem services provides an economic incentive for conservation. As a post-doctoral associate at the University of Minnesota, she examined how climate change affects ecosystem services provided by boreal forests and management strategies to reduce those impacts in a project co-advised by IonE fellows Peter Reich and Steve Polasky.
Laura earned her Ph.D. in environmental science & management at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2015, completing a concurrent M.A. in economics, and holds a B.S. in marine biology from Brown University. In her spare time, Laura enjoys cooking, traveling, playing with her dog, and exploring parks. Additional information about Laura and her research can be found at lauraedee.com.